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Minitab Guide to Statistics (3rd Edition)

Meyer, Ruth; Krueger, David

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For a one or two term course in introductory or business statistics using the Minitab statistical software package. This well known, Minitab author team has written a Minitab manual that can be used with any introductory or business statistics text. The manual provides statistics students with a complete introduction to Minitab and the tools they need to run statistical procedures, from descriptive statistics to time series analysis, using Minitab. Interpretation of numerical and graphical output is included. The order of topics is quite similar to that of a traditional introductory statistics text. Minitab Release 13.0 for Windows is used for examples and exercises, but commands and output are very similar to previous releases. The manual is also adapted for the Student Release 12.0 Minitab.

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The manual provides readers with a complete introduction to Minitab and the tools they need to run statistical procedures, from descriptive statistics to time series analysis, using Minitab. Interpretation of numerical and graphical output is included. Menu and session commands are described and illustrated. Step-by-step instructions indicate how to manipulate and analyze data. Real-life examples, exercises, and data sets from business, education, sciences, sports, etc. Interpretation of numerical and graphical output. For readers interested in business statistics using the Minitab statistical software package.

PREFACE

A Minitab Guide to Statistics was written to introduce professionals and students to Minitab, a general purpose statistical computer system. This guide gives comprehensive information on the use of Minitab in statistics. Included are statistical concepts and techniques that are generally covered in a basic statistics course.

Minitab was developed at Penn State in 1972 for students in introductory statistics courses. Since then, Minitab has evolved into a comprehensive statistical system that is also used by students in advanced data analysis courses, and by scientists, engineers, and managers in business, government, and industry. Minitab is the international standard for the teaching of statistics. It is used at more than 5,000 sites in 60 countries.

Minitab runs on PCs, Macintosh computers, workstations, minicomputers, and mainframes. Although there are some differences in Minitab across releases and computer platforms, the commands and worksheet are basically the same.

This guide was developed for use with Minitab Release 13 as well as prior releases. All dialog boxes, graphs, and other output are produced with Release 13. If you have a different Minitab release, most of the commands are compatible, but the output may differ. We also worked all examples with Minitab Student Release 12. Menu and session commands and output are quite similar to Release 13, but some simulations in Chapter 6 will have to be reduced in size because of available memory.

Features

This guide illustrates the use of Minitab in organizing and analyzing data. As statistical concepts are introduced in each chapter, we present appropriate Minitab commands, and provide step-by-step descriptions of how to effectively use Minitab. Interesting real world data sets are used throughout the guide in examples, and exercises which conclude each chapter. A computer diskette containing many of the data sets is available. The Appendix describes the large data sets. We have chosen examples and exercises from myriad professions, including business, education, government, health, medicine, and sports.

The chapters in this guide are designed to correspond to chapters of leading statistics texts. The final chapter of the supplement describes a survey sampling project. The objectives of the project are to illustrate the use of Minitab in questionnaire evaluation and to provide a .review of statistical techniques.

How to Use this Guide

The only way to learn Minitab is by doing Minitab. Since this software is relatively easy to use, you will experience success very quickly as you produce professional graphs within a short time. We encourage you to redo the examples that we have included in this guide. Most of the data sets are on a disk; the menu path and session commands are provided for each example. After you have mastered our examples, try the exercises at the end of the chapters.

Minitab works with data in a worksheet of columns and rows, very much like a spreadsheet. The commands are available through menus or through a command language in the Session window. If you are using Windows, you probably will use menu commands more often; however, menu and session commands can be used interchangeably. We show menu paths and session commands side-by-side for each example.

Clicking on a menu usually opens a dialog box allowing you to select variables and choose options. You will find dialog boxes throughout the guide. To select variables, you need to have the cursor in the box in which you want to enter the variables. Then highlight the variable(s) in the list of variables box and press Select or double-click on the variables. You can also type the column number or name in the box. We indicate this step in the menu path with the word Select followed by the name of the column.

As we name new columns or constants in a dialog box, we indicate this in the menu path with the word Enter followed by a column name. Minitab automatically uses the next available column or constant. Since the commands are printed in the session window, you can follow the action.

If you are using only session commands, you can follow the step-by-step list of commands to the right of the menu paths. The success will depend on the version of Minitab that you are using. Check the Help facility if you get an error message.

There are additional texts available for information on Minitab. We recommend the Minitab User's Guides from Minitab, Inc. You can also access Minitab information 24 hours a day on the World Wide Web at the address below. There you can download Minitab macros, find press releases, capabilities lists, and product information, and view graphical samples. Information about Minitab software and texts may be obtained from:

Minitab, Inc.
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